Fairfield 67, Canisius 57

Derek Needham scored a career-high 29 points as second-seeded

Fairfield held off seventh-seeded Canisius 67-57 in the Metro

Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals on Saturday


Anthony Johnson added 16 points and a pair of blocks for the

Stags (21-9), who advanced to face the winner of the Iona-Niagara

quarterfinal in Sunday’s semifinals.

Greg Logins had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden

Griffins (15-17), who also got 15 from Frank Turner.

Fairfield used a 31-5 run to take a 35-14 halftime lead, but

Canisius cut the lead to 39-33 on Turner’s drive with 12:45 to


Canisius got within 42-37 at the midway point of the second

half, but Needham, a freshman, drained one of his five


Turner was ejected on a flagrant technical foul with 5:09

remaining after the referees checked a replay that showed Turner

hit Needham.